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The haters--after all the hype about the singles, they were bound to come out of the woodwork for the first album--say Bonde do Role are irresponsible assholes who happen to be Brazilian, yelling dumb stuff over ripped-off party beats and disrespecting their own musical culture. But the band's tossed-off hybrid of ghoulish swamp punk, dirty-butt metal, lite baile funk, wacky-pants electro, and foulmouthed favela rap is so buoyant and flip it makes any naysayer sound like a pedant who's missing the point. Do you wanna sit there and talk about your music, or do you wanna dance? I'm pretty sure With Lasers (Domino) won't be remembered as a great album, but it has its moments of sweaty-back ecstasy--particularly the electric "Divine Gosa," with its gobs of gnarly synth mauling a fucked-against-a-wall beat. As Rodrigo Gorky, the group's DJ, admitted in a June interview, Bonde do Role are "just a bunch of kids, without no instruments and a lot of screaming"--exactly the kind of thing I like. Juiceboxxx opens. a 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance. --Liz Armstrong

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